Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Sinn Fein could pay for supporting blood sport

While organised cruelty to animals may not be the biggest issue concentrating people's minds in the run-up to the European and local elections, I believe that Sinn Fein needs to ditch its abhorrent support for live hare coursing.

Not only does the party have an official policy of condoning and promoting the continued legality of this blood sport in the Republic of Ireland. It has already tried, unsuccessfully thank God, to reverse the hare coursing ban in Northern Ireland.

If it had succeeded, coursing clubs would have reactivated their "sport" and once again be free to capture hares and use them in baiting sessions in the North.

The hare is a treasured part of Ireland's wildlife heritage, north and south. How anomalous and shameful that a party supposedly committed to preserving all things Irish can display such callous disregard for the gentle Irish hare.

Sinn Fein speaks of a united Ireland. I would remind the party that repeated marketing surveys point to a big majority of Irish people, north and south, favouring a ban on hare coursing. Ireland IS united against this animal cruelty posing as "sport".

Is Sinn Fein so out of touch with public opinion as to believe that its backing for this perversion will be overlooked?

JOHN FITZGERALD

PRO,

Campaign for the Abolition

Of Cruel Sports

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